Overview

Established maximum vehicle weight and dimension limits help preserve highway infrastructure and the safety of the public. This includes legal limits for any registered vehicle for travel on any public road, as well as the provision for movement of oversize loads under permit.

Establishing maximum weight and dimension limits also:

  • minimizes the inconvenience to the public
  • minimizes damage to the roadway infrastructure
  • facilitates the movement of commodities which are non-divisible, deemed impractical to divide, or uneconomical to transport at legal dimensions
  • establishes and communicates to the carrier, a set of conditions for the safe movement of the load

How to apply

Online applications

Web enabled permit applications must be submitted by entering your application directly on TRAVIS Web or by contacting one of a network of TRAVIS agents. TRAVIS Agents charge a fee for their services and fees may vary.

A list of web enabled permits and accredited agents is available in the Obtaining Permits for Overweight and Over-dimensional Vehicles (PDF, 278 KB) document.

You can also obtain this information by contacting the Central Permit Office at central.permits@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 1-800-662-7138.

Application instructions

To get instructions for entering your application:

  1. Go to TRAVIS Web.
  2. Click on the link for 'Application User Guides' on the left side.
  3. Click on ‘TRAVIS Routing User Guide’.

Help with your application

If you experience difficulty using TRAVIS Web, contact the Central Permit Office at central.permits@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 1-800-662-7138 and a Permit Program Delivery Representative will help you get your permit(s).

Email or phone applications

For permits that are not available online, please contact the Central Permit Office by phone at 1-800-662-7138 or email central.permits@gov.ab.ca.

Cost

The permit fees are regulated by the Commercial Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulation AR 315/2002.

This electronic service is meant to be a simplified guide to certain parts of the acts and regulations, and not a substitute for them. Alberta Transportation, Carrier and Vehicle Safety Branch, is not responsible for any omissions in the following documents. It is the responsibility of the transporter to consult the regulations for the exact requirements before moving shipments.

Resources

Seasonal Axle Weight Program

We have updated the Seasonal Axle Weight Program. Historically, Alberta has had heavier winter haul weights for industry when frost penetrates the ground to one metre.

In winter, trucking weights can be greater because the pavement is less vulnerable when the ground beneath it is frozen, providing support. Industry relies on this seasonal axle weight increase to maximize their payloads throughout the winter.

After conducting research into the impact of frost depth on pavement integrity, we have approved a new Seasonal Axle Weight Program which will set the winter weight frost depth at .75 m, versus one metre.

This will provide significant benefit to industry allowing them to haul heavier loads for a longer period, reducing trucking trips, while still protecting our roads from damage.

Contact

Connect with the Central Permit Office:

Toll free: 1-800-662-7138
Phone: 403-342-7138
Email: central.permits@gov.ab.ca